From: Carol Rasor
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:36 AM
To: Janice Thiel
Subject: Form Submission (Critical Thinking Activities & Reusable
Learning Objects (RLOs))
Critical Thinking Activities
& Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)
Thank you for
submitting your Critical Thinking Activity/RLO idea. Please forward this
message and attach any supplemental files (e.g., Handouts, PowerPoints,
etc.) to Thiel.Janice@SPCollege.edu
Critical Thinking Activity/RLO:
Your Answer: Research Assignment
Briefly describe or summarize the Activity/RLO:
Your Answer: This Activity/RLO is a research assignment used to
support the learning of the below major learning outcome and course objectives.
This research assignment can be tailored to any public safety administration
- Select all that apply:
Your Answer: Public Safety Administration
the Major Learning Outcome(s) addressed by this Activity/RLO (from course
Your Answer: The student will demonstrate an understanding of legal
aspects concerning a criminal investigation.
the Course Objective(s) addressed by this Activity/RLO (stated in
Your Answer: 1.The student will demonstrate an understanding of legal
aspects concerning the conduct and prosecution of a criminal investigation by:
a.researching criminal statutes dealing with criminal acts. b.discussing court
decisions affecting the investigative process. c.describing the role of
prosecutors in the criminal justice process. d.preparing an investigative
initiative. e.comparing the role of the prosecution and judicial processes in
law enforcement investigations.
Activity/RLO - Select all that apply:
Time - How much
time does it take to conduct this Activity/RLO?
Your Answer: Entire Class
materials that are necessary to conduct this Activity/RLO:
Your Answer: Computer - access to the Internet or library.
Give detailed step-by-step instructions on how to conduct this
Your Answer: Research Assignment Criminal investigations require
attention to detail, comprehensive evaluation, analysis, significant
documentation and effort. Therefore, these research assignments are designed to
help you develop these skills through a research process. Remember, as a criminal
investigator many components of the criminal justice system will read your
reports. After the case is closed, your report becomes public record. Each
response must be a minimum of 500 words, detailed, reflect critical thinking
skills, include illustrations or examples and supported by research and not
simply opinions. Each response must include three references presented in APA
style or provide the links. Your research assignment must be submitted as an
attachment in Microsoft Word. This week's research assignment: In chapter 3, on
page 53, the author states "Evidence must be competent, relevant and
material to be held admissible." •Research the Internet or other source
and find a court case in which the case was lost or dismissed due to lack of
competent, relevant and material evidence. •Provide a detailed summary of the
case and circumstances. •What was the central issue that resulted in the
evidence being considered not competent, relevant and material. •Evaluate and
analyze how the police or prosecution could have strengthened this case for a
successful prosecution. •Reflect on how you would have handled the case to
insure that the evidence was competent, relevant and material leading to a
Resources, for example: Web address/URL, Handouts, PowerPoint, etc. Copy/Paste
URLs here. Later, when you receive your confirmation message, forward any
supplemental files to the QEP Director.
Your Answer: Each chapter of the text has relevant websites for the
students to explore and to be used as resources for the research assignment.
SPC established as its definition of critical thinking:
The active and systemic process of communication, problem solving, evaluation,
analysis, synthesis, and reflection, both individually and in community, to
foster understanding, support sound decision-making, and guide action.
Which aspect(s) of critical thinking does this
Activity/RLO address? - Select all that apply:
Your Answer: Communication, Problem-solving, Evaluation, Analysis,
How will this
improve our students’ ability to think critically?
Your Answer: Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze
and evaluate why the evidence was considered not competent, relevant or
material and the impact this evidence had on losing or dismissing the case.
Students will have to analyze, evaluate and reflect on the case. Students will
be given the opportunity to reflect on how the student would insure that the
evidence would have been competent, relevant and material leading to a
successful conviction. Students will communicate their findings through a written
consulted the Activity/RLO Guidelines?
If you have any questions or comments
about this form, please contact Janice Thiel at Thiel.Janice@SPCollege.edu or call